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Happily Ever Aging
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Everything you need to know about caring for your loved one - at home or at a senior living community.

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Occupational vs. Physical Therapy: Whats Right for Your Aging Loved One?

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 5th, 2014

Because everyday needs and capabilities change throughout the aging process, extra effort may be required to help maintain optimal health and independence. As a caregiver, you may be wondering whether physical therapy (PT) and/or occupational therapy (OT) is right for your parent.

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Seniors and Depression: Education and Awareness

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 1st, 2013

Depression is common among the elderly. However, it’s not a normal part of healthy aging. A major problem that stands in the way of treatment for seniors is that families often confuse the disease with signs of grief, which is natural in the face of major life changes. For this reason, it is not uncommon for seniors to struggle with depression and receive no medical attention. Or if they are seen by a physician, depression can often be misdiagnosed for a similar reason altogether and no treatment is administered.

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Managing your Aging Parent’s Health Needs

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 28th, 2013

According to a recent poll, the number of adult children providing personal or financial assistance to their parents has tripled in the last 15 years. Becoming a caregiver is a role few people plan for. Most people are thrust into the caregiver role unexpectedly, often when a parent suddenly suffers a stroke or a chronic condition worsens. This often inevitably leads to caregiver burnout and less effective management of a senior parent’s health needs.

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Vision Care for Seniors: Symptoms, Risks and Treatments for Cataracts

By: Elizabeth Bemis
August 7th, 2013

Did you know that individuals over the age of 65 who remove cataracts from their eyes, significantly lower their risk of needing hip replacement surgery? Vision loss is a well-known risk factor for falls and fractures—and while August is Cataract Awareness Month, let’s take a look at the symptoms, risks factors and treatments for cataracts in seniors.

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The Secrets to Staying Fit in a Senior Living Community

By: Elizabeth Bemis
July 29th, 2013

What’s the secret to staying fit at any age? Motivation! Finding that champion spirit that inspires you—to stay active--regardless of your age or abilities. Senior living communities can offer that extra inspiration and motivation to help you in reaching your fitness goals.

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Men’s Health Week: Prostate Health Tips For Aging Men

By: Elizabeth Bemis
June 10th, 2013

A man’s prostate ages along with him. By the time he reaches his 70’s, he and his prostate would have journeyed through life at a similar rate of change. Because of where this doughnut-shaped gland is located (underneath the bladder), changes are likely to cause mild bladder irritations to severe urinary problems in over 90 per cent of elderly men. This means a caregiver’s dad is almost certain to develop a prostate-related problem, now or in the near future.

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